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Making reference to this link

In particular, what made them decide to pick 'tl' as the converter symbol for hour... It seems so random.

I understand why they've decided on 'te' (it's because 'e' comes after 'd' in 'td' and d is the first letter of 'day').

Edit: Oh come on, why the downvote? I'm asking something that might not be important but it does nag on me

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wasn't that derived from C's printf? –  ratchet freak Feb 17 '12 at 18:34
    
@ratchetfreak: It doesn't look like it. c's printf doesn't include a tl converter symbol, and the l symbol means something else –  Robert Harvey Feb 17 '12 at 18:50

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because tk is the converter for: Hour of the day for the 24-hour clock (Formatter doc)

I don't think there's is necessary a meaning.

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Yes it doesn't, but i'm more comfortable with it if I at least kinda how the designers picked the symbols –  user1148237 Feb 17 '12 at 19:04
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@user1148237: They used a 26-sided die. –  Robert Harvey Feb 17 '12 at 19:05
    
@RobertHarvey: What, you mean like this: seanmichaelragan.com/html/%5B2008-08-04%5D_Alphabet_dice.shtml ? –  FrustratedWithFormsDesigner Feb 17 '12 at 19:10

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